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Dec 31

Hogmanay

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Wishing you  ‘A Guid New Year'!

Although the origin of the word "Hogmanay" is much studied by scholars with various regional theories predominating, there is no shortage of spellings: Hoghmanay, Hagman(a)e, Hagmonay, Hagmonick, Hanginay (Roxburghshire), Hangmanay, Hogernoany (Shetland), Hogminay/Hogmenay/Hogmynae, Hoguemennay, Huggeranohni (Shetland), and Hu(i)gmanay! So no matter the spelling, have a very happy one!

This tartan was originally created to signify the birth of 'A Brand New Year, for the 1st of January 2000.'

The origin of the name "Hogmanay" is a mystery with many potential candidates for the word's origins.

 

In Shetland, New Year is called ‘Yules’ from the Viking word for the season. 

 

Scandinavians still celebrate ‘Hoggo-nott’, and the Flemish word  ‘hoog min dag’ means “great love day”.


Another possible origin is the Anglo-Saxon ‘Haleg Monath’, for Holy Month, or the Gaelic, ‘oge maidne’ for ‘new morning’.

But most scholars believe Hogmanay derives from the Old French aguillanneuf, ‘to the New Year’, which becomes hoguinané in the Norman dialect.  

 

For more on modern Scottish New Year traditions, click the fireworks.

May the coming year bring health and happiness!

Wishing you  ‘A Guid New Year.’